Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 6 – The Highways Agency

Once upon a time Great Britain was a green and pleasant archipelago criss-crossed with a rich lattice work of highways and byways, footpaths and bridleways. However, successive car-centric policies over the decades in the name of progress has led not only to a massive expansion of highways, but the creation of environments extremely hostile toContinue reading “Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 6 – The Highways Agency”

Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 5 – ’20’s Plenty’

Before we get started, The Lo Fidelity Bicycle Club would like to make the following announcement: IF YOU START A ‘20’s PLENTY’ CAMPAIGN IN YOUR AREA, FOR THE SWEET LOVE OF VICTORIA PENDLETON DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES MAKE IT A CYCLING CAMPAIGN. A little while ago, my local paper (Worthing Herald) launched an online pollContinue reading “Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 5 – ’20’s Plenty’”

Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 4 – Highways Departments & Cycling Officers

WARNING: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS AN OFFENSIVE ACRONYM In the same way that the Department for Transport had Cycling England to keep at arms length at national level, so it holds with Highways Departments and Cycling Officers at County Council level. From a cycle campaigning perspective, Highways Officers are often like Mrs Mainwaring in Dad’sContinue reading “Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 4 – Highways Departments & Cycling Officers”

Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 3 – The Cycling Action Travel Plan Strategy Solution

Sometimes a dog will gnaw away at something it shouldn’t. I’ve found that the best way to distract the dog is to find a nice stick and throw it, instantly releasing the thing that you don’t want gnawed. This is basically the same attitude that the Government & Local Authorities take with cycle campaigners. TheContinue reading “Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 3 – The Cycling Action Travel Plan Strategy Solution”

Cycle Campaigning Simplified No. 2 – ‘Road Safety’

A curious one this. You probably thought road safety meant safety to all road users. You may have given a lot of thought to your local area and how difficult it looks to get around by bicycle and how dangerous it seems just to get to work or the shops. Being a nice, sane person,Continue reading “Cycle Campaigning Simplified No. 2 – ‘Road Safety’”

Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 1 – ‘Section 106 Money’

    Yesterday evening I attended a local cycle campaign meeting where we were lucky enough to have the County Cycling Officer present. She kept quoting ‘Section 106 monies’ for cycling schemes as there clearly isn’t a direct budget for cycling at the moment. In case you may have attended cycle forums or meetings yourselfContinue reading “Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 1 – ‘Section 106 Money’”